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The Chords (1950s)

By the end of 1978, it was evident that punk had spit its last, and new groups began springing up like weeds, all giving allegiance to the sounds of the past but dragging them through the ashes of punk. Among these bands were the Chords, a southeast London group formed in January 1979 when singer/guitarist Billy Hassett and his bassist cousin Martin Mason advertised for musicians in The NME and found guitarist and band songwriter Chris Pope. Original drummer Paul Halpin didn't stay long, at least behind his kit; eventually he became the group's tour manager. In his stead came Brett "Buddy" Halpin, and by March the Chords were taking the stage. They gigged continuously over the spring and summer, headlining two mod festivals at London hotspot the Marquee and recording their first Radio One session for DJ John Peel in early July. The Chords' reputation was rising quickly, and among their early supporters were Paul Weller, who caught one of their first shows, and Sham 69er Jimmy Pursey, who swiftly signed the group to his JP Productions company.

The quartet cut a handful of demos for Pursey before the relationship soured after he heckled the Undertones at a show which the Chords opened. This gave Polydor its chance, and the label now stepped in and signed the band. For their debut single, the Chords chose one of the songs recorded for Pursey, "Now It's Gone," recut it, and released it in September 1979. It rose to Number 63 in the U.K. chart, and they followed it up in January with "Maybe Tomorrow," which, bolstered by rave reviews in the press, shot up to the Top 40. A second Peel session was recorded in March, and the next month their third single, "Something's Missing," arrived. This taster for their debut album, So Far Away, didn't do quite as well as its predecessor, only reaching number 55. However, any worries that were harbored about the success of the full-length were put to rest with its arrival in May when the album slammed into the Top 30, bolstered by a U.K. tour.

The "The British Way of Life" single arrived in July and reached a measly number 55; "In My Street," released in October, did slightly better. However, the group continued touring successfully, until a show at London's Music Machine in November 1980. What transpired behind the scenes remains a mystery, but in the aftermath Hassett was relieved of his duties. In his stead came ex-Vibrators singer Kip Herring, although the old lineup was featured on the cover of their next single, "One More Minute," which arrived in May 1981. It was a flop, as was August's "Turn Away Again." The Chords called it a day the following month. However, the group was fondly remembered, and in 1986 a live set arrived, the cheekily titled No One's Listening Anymore, recorded back in 1980. A decade later, the two-CD compilation This Is What They Want gave fans precisely that, while the band's Peel sessions landed in shops the following year. ~ Jo-Ann Greene
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Cars (Soundtrack)

2. Route 66

9. Opening Race

10. McQueen's Lost

11. My Heart Would Know

12. Bessie

13. Dirt Is Different

14. New Road

15. Tractor Tipping

16. McQueen And Sally

17. Goodbye

18. Pre-Race Pageantry

19. The Piston Cup

20. The Big Race

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Track List: International Lampoon

2. John And Marsha

3. I've Got You Under My Skin

4. Cry

5. Try

6. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

7. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

8. C'est Si Bon

9. C'est Si Bon

10. A Dear John Letter

11. A Dear John And Marsha Letter

13. Sh-Boom

14. Wide Screen Mama Blues

15. Rock Around Stephen Foster

16. Yellow Rose Of Texas

17. Yellow Rose Of Texas

18. Heartbreak Hotel

19. Heartbreak Hotel

20. Rock Island Line

21. Rock Island Line

22. The Great Pretender

23. The Great Pretender

24. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

26. Tele-Vee-Shun

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Track List: The History Of Rhythm And Blues, Vol. 2

1. Hi-Yo-Silver

3. Don't Do It

4. Hey

5. Gotta Find My Baby

6. Later Baby

7. Baby, Let's Play House

8. Loving A Girl Like You

9. Go Back

10. Much Too Much

11. Boom, Boom

12. Lilly Maybelle

13. Fine As Wine

14. Honey From The Bee

15. Big Leg Mama

16. Salty Dog

17. Why Don't You Write Me

18. Hey Now

19. Angel Child

20. At My Front Door

21. I

22. The Last Of The Good Rocking Men

23. Red Hot

24. Bus

25. I'll Climb The Highest Mountain

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Track List: Vocal Groups: Classic Doo Wop

Disc 1

2. Sweet Georgia Brown

3. Sweet And Slow

4. Swing Is The Thing

5. My Walking Stick

6. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water

7. If I Didn't Care

9. Whispering Grass

11. That's The Rhythm

12. I Like Pie, I Like Cake

13. Milk Shake Stand

15. The Blues Can Jump

17. Hoe Cake, Hominy And Sassafras Tea

19. Wig Blues

20. Write Me A Letter

21. Around About Midnite

22. Ever Lovin' Slick

23. It's Too Soon To Know

24. Five O'Clock Blues

25. Jumping Jack

26. Rival Blues

Disc 2

1. Too Much Of A Little Bit

2. What's The Matter With You

3. Lemon Squeezing Daddy

4. Please Don't Leave Me

5. My Baby's Gone

6. How Could You

7. One More Time

8. Will You Be Mine

9. Sixty Minute Man

10. Make Me Thrill Again

11. Mary Jo

12. Ting-A-Ling

13. Stormy Weather

14. Eyesight To The Blind

15. The Glory Of Love

17. Good Googa Mooga

18. Just Walking In The Rain

19. I Wasn't Thinkin', I Was Drinkin'

20. Money Honey

21. Gee

22. I Found Out

23. A Sunday Kind Of Love

24. Get With It

Disc 3

1. Be Bop Wino

2. Feel So Good

3. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite

5. Tell Me

6. Big Leg Mama

8. Is It A Dream

11. Hearts Of Stone

12. Baby Let Me Bang Your Box

13. The Stars Are Out Tonight

15. Gloria

16. Riot In Cell Block No.9

17. Oop Shoop

18. Grief By Day, Grief By Night

19. What Do You Do

20. Mary Lee

23. Buick '59

24. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)

25. Newly Wed

Disc 4

1. Smokey Joe's Cafe

2. You Didn't Learn It At Home

3. Witchcraft

4. Chop Chop Boom

5. Rollin' Stone

6. No No Cherry

7. My Angel

8. I'm Leavin' (Clickity Clack)

9. The Door Is Still Open

10. That's Your Mistake

11. Baby Let's Play House

12. Be Bop Baby

14. Hug A Little, Kiss A Little

15. I Need You So

16. When You Dance

17. At My Front Door

18. Lonely Nights

19. Red Hots And Chili Mac

20. Bye Bye

21. A Story Untold

22. Don't Play No Mambo

23. Peace And Contentment

24. Nobody Knows

26. The Great Pretender

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I would be smiling and it would make me the happiest lady in town I wouldn't leave my darling Mike I need you here now your mimi
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life would be a dream but we don't want to dream anymore Mimi mke
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Sat iPhone 5 five times pick a color post this on 5 other song and look under your pillow.
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It would be a lot of help, if they use the correct biography.
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Same. This song plus the movie Cars got me into to old time music
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dragonlady60 8 8
I love this song....I'm so happy they used CLASSIC music in the movie CARS
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Wrong bio
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kimmel531
Crew cuts did it better
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If only I could've lived in the 50's. That would be so amazing!
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Wrong bio wth.
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rjlacey5
Wish I could have lived in 50s. Love this music!
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Listening to this style of music maker me envy my grandparents .
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oh my goodness. i did and in brooklyn new york no less , coney island boardwalk harmonize under boardwalk,
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If only I lived in the 50's
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Wrong bio.
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I love the Shirelles.
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I love the 50's music. Brings back my youth.
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SWEETHEART.. x o x o
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if i could go back to the 50's ill do it in a new york minute
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Let the awesome sawsome get going!!!
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You tell 'm nicklous90 !
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Stop with that stupid you will be kissed tomorrow crap and listen to the Damn music!
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YESH :D
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Jordon life could be a dream
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?Why do people say black and white that's kinda offensive
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It would be nice to have the lack of responsibili t i e s , the innocence, but the wisdom to handle what can. Summer nights and my friend and sister showed me some of my best knowledge (no we did not fool around).
Rest in Peace sis.
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Me likey!
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The chords wrote this song in 1954 which was passed onto the crew cuts who were white
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if time travel was real i would go back to the fifties and live the rest of my life there.
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I like this song!
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I can remember the day, the place, everything about the first time I heard this great hit ShBoom. This was the song that turned me on to rock and roll.
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Nice song
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I like the version from Clue better, but I don't know who sings it.
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Beanie boos
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Life could be a dream! Love it!!!
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Opps
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CARS
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First doo wop song I loved
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I love cars
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I herd this song in the Cars movie!!!
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I like you're songs
I'm hoping you can sing more
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robo312
The Chords r way better that crew cuts,the Chords version is cooler and well better way of lyrics!Go Chords!
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crew cuts had a better version, I feel. still a fun tune
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Love this song
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The best song ever
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Love it
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love it!!!!!!!!!! !
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I was 5 or 6 when this song came out A lady that ha d teenagers was babysitting Me while My parents worked. I love this version better than the crew-cuts version
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